Acupuncture Is an Ancient Therapy
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese therapy which dates back more than 3,000 years, needles are inserted into specific points along defined channels called meridians to stimulate the healing process and relieve symptoms. According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), obstructions to the flow of energy along these channels can result in physical, mental and emotional imbalance, which can lead to disease. The insertion of needles into specific appoints frees the flow of energy. Amazingly there are 361 major points. The use of Acupuncture needling for the treatment of pain is supported by an ever-growing body of scientific evidence.
Acupuncture continues to grow in popularity
Over 2 million Acupuncture treatments are carried out each year in the UK, making Acupuncture one of the most popular complementary therapies. Salim Mughal was invited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy to demonstrate Acupuncture to His Royal Highness Prince Charles in Birmingham. He originally trained at the British College of Acupuncture in London. The focus of the training was on traditional Chinese Acupuncture which involves taking a detailed and methodical history from the client, observing the tongue and feeling the pulses. A Chinese medicine diagnosis is made and plan of treatment is then discussed with the client.
The growing scientific evidence
Research has examined the effectiveness of Acupuncture for various conditions. In recent years large studies have begun to emerge which have helped to support the benefits of Acupuncture treatment. It's now generally accepted that Acupuncture can be effective in alleviating osteoarthritis pain and headaches. It's been shown that for knee arthritis Acupuncture when combined with physiotherapy is even more effective. In addition NICE (2009) recommended Acupuncture as a treatment option for persistent non-specific back pain.
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Long standing condition can take time to treat.
The number of treatments depends on your particular health care concern. Typically, acute conditions respond to Acupuncture more quickly, often within 1-3 treatments. Chronic conditions usually need a lengthier course of treatment, and this is determined at your initial consultation. The effects of Acupuncture are accumulative, and a gradual improvement may be seen in chronic conditions.
Needles were originally made of bamboo and bone.
Modern needles are pre-packaged, sterilised and disposable; being extremely fine they produce little discomfort entering the skin.
Acupuncture doesn't hurt!
Despite a general perception that needles hurt discomfort from Acupuncture is uncommon. Some people notice some sensation on insertion and/or a pleasant tingling or a dull ache during an Acupuncture treatment. Most people are relieved to discover that Acupuncture can feel relaxing and calming.
A Good Acupuncturist Should Be Well Trained
As members of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists you have peace of mind that we're regulated by a nationally recognised professional body abiding with strict codes of practice ensuring you're provided with a frank honest opinion about your condition which ensures we don't waste your time or money. If you're looking for a traditional holistic approach or purely to ease your symptoms we're able to offer you the treatment of your choice.
Conditions for which people find Acupuncture effective